wedgie9 (1661) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted on 10/1/13 from a capped 750mL bottle sent as an extra in a trade. Big time gusher, lost a quarter of the bottle before pouring nearly black, dark brown with a massive brown head that slowly recedes to messy, thick lace. The nose is dusty, dry dark chocolate, a stinky funk that is trending toward sour, and some nutty aroma, pretty obviously infected. The flavor is dark and milk chocolate stout up front, moving to a stinky cheese and fruity, almost sour note. The body is medium with lively, overactive carbonation, and a long dark chocolate, lightly fruity, and almost sour with a hint of vanilla finish. Although this is infected, it isn’t yet unpleasant.
adamjackson (1747) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought two of these and was refunded for both since the batch was infected. Finally opening one..not expecting much. Started to gush but I caught it. Pours pitch black. cider vinegar and caramel on the nose. Taste is a bit tart but not sour or infected just slightly tart. I get a lot of roasted coffee, some chocolate pudding but almost no bourbon at all.
Itzjerm (904) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a very good bourbon beer. Seems sours have taken over where not expected. Aroma is barrel thin mouthfeel. Not to good.
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BMMillsy (956) - Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Part of a flight at the tasting room. Pours a dark brown with some light around the edges and a small cream colored head. Aroma of oak, light bourbon, cola, chocolate malts. Flavor follows this aroma almost perfectly, with some light chocolate notes in between brief bourbon flavor and some definite oak and coca cola. Very light bodied for a barrel aged beer, but this took up just the right amount of barrel to keep it from being an astringent booze brew. Overall I thought this was an interesting take on a BA beer with its light body. Not bad.
arminjewell (5144) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle , big gusher, big dark chocolate, lots of vinegar, hints of earth, caramel, lots of infected bugs. Taste is infected sour fruits, lots of sour chocolate, vinegar, finishing bitter, sour, infected. Yuck.
Steve_0 (1924) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Matt’s with friends. Pour is deep brown, almost black with a big tan head and good lacing. Tangy, roasty, dark fruity, graham cracker, funky, sour grainy, and grapey aroma. Taste is big roast, red grapes, wood, tangy, definitely infected sour fruity, and bourbon. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. They should have recalled this one.
adnielsen (7562) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ Matt’s house from our Reserve Society membership. Pours a reddish orange appearance with little cream colored head. Vinegar, dark chocolate, black cherry, funky aroma. Tangy milk chocolate, caramel, funky, cherry, acetic flavor. All fucked up.
Haslinger (801) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle thanks kegbear If this is a beer that is recalled for being infected from The Bruery. Wow good for them. Aroma is a slightly sour oaky note. Taste is similar except with a bit of funky malt in the initial taste. Sour oak finish, Solid beer. Would drink again if it was available
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Definitely a bit of a slow gusher, but I had time to get it into my teku glass. A soft pour, in anticipation of excessive carbonation, only yielded a 1/4-finger thick, light brown tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is definitely on the black side, and it is clear and dark brown around the edges, but definitely dark enough to be opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sour, woody oak up front, backing notes of Bourbon like fruit (alcoholic melon), woody spice note that lean towards sawdust and pepper, as well as a bit of vibrant, tart fruit character. As you dig deeper barrel influenced aromas of vanilla, and toasted coconut play a supporting role here, and there is also a charred, toasted grain, touch of malty coffee, roasted character in the finish. Perhaps a hint of rounded ripe cheese character seems wrapped up in the Bourbon barrel character.
The beer is quite light bodied, perhaps a touch too much so, with lots of Bourbon barrel influences to it. A soft, carbonation provides more prickly character than I would have expected, and I am surprised the beer was a bit of a gusher. The finish has a lingering, Bourbon woodiness, spice, fruit and heat character to it that is lightly balanced by a touch of dry, burnt roast character, and perhaps a touch of rounded dark, whole grain maltiness. Up front there is some bitter, roasted, dark grain character, touches of cocoa / dark chocolate through the middle, and a definite tartness throughout.
While there is some tartness, and suggestions of funkiness, I am not entirely sure this is actually infected; I can certainly see how this is disappointing, but it is not horribly off by any means; from this perspective I quite applaud the Bruery for pulling this off the market. I have likely boosted the score a bit knowing that going into this beer. As a homebrewer, and one that likes to experiment with barrel aging, this is definitely an interesting beer to try; barrels are so unpredictable, and a lot of times you have got to figure out how to live with the results, even if it means dumping the batch, but sometimes, with more age, something bad can turn into something quite phenomenal.
want1DIPA (148) - - SEP 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Bruery. Just like it says, ebony and oak. I loved the oak notes, but smooth balance of malt and hops is excellent.